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Penguin99

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Re: Alcohol free days
« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2021, 01:27:29 PM »

Well done Vicki. I used to drink quite a bit really, wheni used to teach I would have a glass or 2 every night and a bottle at weekends. 1 bottle is my max otherwise I'm as sick as a dog :sick02: but over the last year I just don't seem to have bothered with it. I never drink in the week and sometimes I just don't fancy a glass at the weekend. I found I used to have it because it was what I did, every Sunday hubby and I at 12 o'clock would say  "right pubs are open" we would be at home, he would grab a beer & i would start on the wine, but we just don't really bother muchness. We usually go to France once a year and stock up, but obviously we haven't done that this year, so when the offers on wine were on we stocked up. We have hardly touched it. I dont miss it, I just don't fancy it and sometimes say I'd rather have a coffee or juice. I have loads of wine in my garage, its there if I want it. We se our friends a couple of times a year and wow she can drink, 3 bottles easy. I can't take that amount. ::)
Its hard battling, I lost 2 stone last year, have put on 6lb over the last month,  so now I'm back to battling my weight. I'm not obese anymore just overweight, it was a lovely feeling when people said " have u lost weight?". I still have a little treat now and again, I suppose I'd lose the weight quicker if I didn't,  but it helps me. Keep going, its so worth it, the health benefits are great.
Good for you :great:
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CLKD

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Re: Alcohol free days
« Reply #31 on: January 03, 2021, 01:39:23 PM »

Alcohol + sugars  ;)
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ElkWarning

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Re: Alcohol free days
« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2021, 01:14:28 PM »

Hi.  Kinda of wondering how you're doing?  I 'sort of' did Dry January, interrupted by a couple of glasses of wine, to remember my daughter's friend who took his own life (it was his birthday and, due to lockdown, she's stuck at home with us).

I have an up and down relationship with alcohol.  I can drink.  And when I say drink, I mean most people under the table.  Both my parents were alcoholics.  I didn't take up the challenge until I was in my early 30s - until then I could open a bottle of wine one week and it would still be in the fridge by the end of the next week.

Anyway, yeah, it's now something I'm permanently conscious of.  I'm the sort who would happily drink a bottle a night.  Key for me was finding other things I'd rather do, like get up in the morning not feeling like a bucket of cold sick, be straight enough to ride my bike, feel the benefit of exercise, stop piling on weight, be able to think my way out of a paper bag, etc, etc.  It wasn't until I kind of was pulled more towards the alternatives that I got on top of my drinking habits.  In other words, it wasn't so much that I was giving something up, but that I was gaining something I wanted more.  That made it easier.

Still though, some days, I _really_ need a drink.  It's as if that allows me to press pause and just stop the world for a while.  I'd rather I didn't feel this way, but I'm also not going to beat myself up about it.  And the less I drink, the more I find other ways to press that pause button, earlier, sooner, so I intervene myself before I'm at my breaking point (that 'give me a funnel and keep it coming' bit).

I have a very dear friend who I talk to.  He's been a member of AA for quite some time.  It's really helped him.

Hope you're going ok.  Very sorry for your losses.  Sounds like a tough trot.

Best

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jaypo

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Re: Alcohol free days
« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2021, 01:35:11 PM »

Yes,it would be good to hear how you're doing vikki.
I just can't physically drink as much since hitting menopause I like my two glasses of red on a Friday and Saturday and a couple bottles of lager and don't intend to give that up any time soon, I enjoy it and we all have to have something we enjoy,like you elkwarning, I could drink most people under the table in my youth but omg the next day? Why do we do that to ourselves
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VikkiP

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Re: Alcohol free days
« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2021, 09:37:16 AM »

Hi Elk and Jaypo, to be honest it hasn’t gone well, January i drank 12/31 and they were all bottles of wine, i was quite low in January, but for February, so far it is 5/26, and that was 3 bottles of wine at beginning of month and a bottle of beer for two nights recently, so much better this month :)
I haven’t felt the need to have alcohol as my crutch lately but i have so much going on that i hope i can resist.
I hope you are all well, and are all ready to step out into the sunshine in a few months xxx
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jaypo

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Re: Alcohol free days
« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2021, 11:38:56 AM »

Thanks for the update vikki,the one thing not to do,is beat yourself up,I can say I've turned to the bottle at times in my past when there's been major stress and it is what it is. I enjoy my drink at the weekends and won't give it up any time soon,does this make ME have a problem?
How much wine do you drink at one go?
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